£20 million fund to propel green shipbuilding launched

The Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, which was launched on 22 March 2021, will be used to support the development of prototype vessels and port infrastructure that could then be rolled out widely – propelling the sector towards net-zero, as the UK prepares to host the COP26 climate change summit in November.

the Department for Transport and the UK Ship Register see the future of clean maritime technology taking another big step forward, bringing benefits and opportunities for vessel owners and operators. Through the UK Ship Register's Maritime Future Technologies team they are acting as a technical partner for this competition which is set to help shape the future for decarbonising UK maritime.

The government is encouraging scientists and academics to collaborate with UK shipping, ports and shipbuilders to enter ambitious proposals into the competition:

  • driving economic growth
  • revitalising coastal communities
  • creating 1000s of jobs
  • positioning the country as a leader in the field

The trials will enable companies to test the new technologies, with a view to them being developed commercially if proven to be successful, helping us build back greener from the pandemic.

If you would like to find out more about the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition you can do so here. There will also be a formal launch event by KTN for the competition on 29 March 2021, where the finalised details will be shared. You can register here